Student Opportunities

Student Associations

Voluntary organization of students is an essential part of the School of Social Work. Student associations provide an extension of the educational activities of the school beyond the curricular program. The organization and objectives depend largely upon student interest and initiative.

Graduate Social Work Association (GSWA)


Student-Faculty Committees

Standing committees in the School of Social Work have student members who participate in the work of the committees and have full voting rights and responsibilities. These committees include:

Committee on Student Advancement

Diversity Committee

Field Education

MSW Committee

Membership on these committees is important and open to all students. Student members provide valuable input, promote the interests of the student body and provide a channel of communication among graduate students, and the School.

In addition, students are welcome to participate in student-faculty committee meetings even if they are not official voting members. Interested students should contact the Academic Programs Office, Suite 2000 for meeting times and dates.


Alpha Delta Mu

The Alpha Zeta chapter of the Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society is intended to advance excellence in social work practice and to encourage, stimulate and maintain scholarship of the individual members. Social work students are invited to apply for membership if their cumulative grade point average is 3.80 (A=4.0) or above, they are registered for full-time study and they have made strong personal contributions to social welfare. Alpha Delta Mu members are distinguished at graduation by wearing silver and black lanyards.


National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

NASW is a professional organization with over 90,000 members and Chapters throughout the United States. The primary purpose of NASW is to help all social workers advance their practice in the field of helping people.

The NASW program fits into four broad functional areas: professional development, professional standards, professional action to achieve sound social policy affecting those we serve and membership services. For a nominal fee each year students may become members of NASW. Membership includes a subscription to Social Work, NASW News, The Illinois Chapter Newsletter and reduced fees to local workshops and programs. The local chapter is quite active and provides several professional workshops and programs throughout the academic year at a reduced cost to its members.

Membership information is available in the Academic Programs Office, or by contacting NASW at:

P.O. Box 98272
Washington, DC 20090-8272
phone: (800) 638-8799